Meet some Patients...
Sri Narsipur, MD, with some of the children who have received kidney transplants at University Hospital.
Clockwise from upper left:
David , Vanity, Christine, and Ryan
"Becoming a transplant donor for Ashley was a 'no brainer.' I love my daughter and I'd do anything for her. Both her mom and I were good matches but I knew that I needed to give my kidney to Ashley so that her mother could care for her and her older brother while we were both recuperating from the transplant operations." Phillip
"Now that I've had a transplant, I know I need to take medicine after lunch and between my science and music classes." Ashley
12-year-old University Hospital patient Ashley with her father, Phillip, who donated his kidney to her in the summer of 1999. Ashley had kidney failure as a result of complications from lupus which she contracted at age 5.
"My transplant gave me a second chance at life. I'm stronger, feel better, and can do more. I was diagnosed with diabetes at age four and on dialysis by the time I was 35. Now,thanks to my transplant,I can do more for my family and am looking forward to going back to teaching.I am truly blessed.
I am so grateful to my donor's family for their gift. And, I understand that they find comfort from the knowledge that their decision not only saved my life, but saved the lives of several other people."
University Hospital Pancreas and Kidney Recipient Susan, Syracuse, N.Y.
"As a parent, you like to do everything you can for your kids," Abe explains, "Giving your child a part of yourself provides a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that just keeps growing."
In 1995, Abe of Watertown, New York, donated a kidney to his son, Rich, at University Hospital.
"My diabetes was at a dangerous stage. I was exhausted and weak. Now, I feel one thousand times better. My sincerest thanks goes out to each family who makes this decision on behalf of their loved one–it is a blessing that the one they love is continuing to do good for others."
University Hospital Pancreas and Kidney Recipient Michael, Sr., Syracuse, N.Y.
"My thanks go out to the donor family who thought of others during their personal sorrow. This donation was an incredibly kind act at the time it mattered most."
University Hospital Pancreas and Kidney Recipient Kenneth who prior to surgery underwent dialysis in Johnson City, N.Y.
"I feel better with a real kidney than I had felt in more than a year, thanks to an anonymous donor family who made the decision to donate their daughter's kidney. Every day, for the rest of my life I will remember and pray for this loving family."
Kidney Recipient David, Watertown, N.Y.
"There is so much more to life after transplant. Before I was on dialysis four times a day–I had to juggle this around my job and caring for my sons. Not only do I have freedom, but I feel I'm going to be around for my wife and boys."
Kidney Recipient Rhett, Rome, N.Y.
The Ultimate Second Chance"That's what my sister gave me when she gave me a new kidney. An organ transplant can make all the difference in the world to someone whose health has been taken away."
Meghan, Living Donor Kidney Recipient from Endicott, N.Y.
"For me, being able to lead a normal active life after being so ill before the transplant has given me a greater appreciation of what I have been given. Having a sister who was willing to make such a sacrifice is a constant reminder of how fortunate I am." Elaine, recipient
"I feel very fortunate to have been able to donate a kidney to my sister. It is gratifying to have such a positive impact on someone you love. Since the operation, I have given birth to three healthy children and maintained an active lifestyle. I feel very lucky to be a transplant donor." Linda, donor
Left: Elaine, Living Donor Kidney Recipient.
Right: Linda, Living Donor.
Both are from Syracuse, N.Y.